Nov 7, 2012 5:00am EST
in the air, including ohio, colorado, nevada, wisconsin, and, of course, virginia, which he won narrowly. >> florida is actually considered too close to call. although more than 97% of the precincts are reporting, and president obama does have a lead in that state. the only state that obama lost this year but won in 2008 were indiana and north carolina. still, the swing state sweep gave obama a huge advantage, with experts calling the race in obama's favor once the votes for ohio came in around 11:30 last night. supporters joined both candidates as the votes came in last night with mitt romney's supporters in massachusetts and obama's supporters in chicago. >> that's where tracie potts is back with a look back on what ended up not being such a long night. >> reporter: we weren't even sure we'd have an answer for you this morning. they were major states outstanding early this morning when it was declared that president obama had the 270 electoral votes needed to win this very close race. a burst of emotion at the obama victory party in chicago the moment the race was called. and early thi
Nov 7, 2012 4:30am EST
and mountain states of wisconsin, colorado, and iowa. that left nevada and the three critical states we've been watching for months. we're talking ohio, virginia, and florida. as it turns out, the president only needed one of those states. as soon as nbc news projected ohio for obama around 11:15, the president had enough electoral votes to keep him in the white house. as icing on the cake, though, the president did also pick up virginia, and he also picked up nevada early this morning. >>> in about two months, gay marriage will become legal in the state of maryland. voters upheld an amendment making same-sex marriage legal in the state. the assembly passed the amendment earlier this year, but opponents were able to put it on the ballot. other states had similar amendments on the ballot. voters in maine voted to legalize same-sex marriage while washington state is still counting the vote. in minnesota, a vote to ban same-sex marriage was shot down by voters. in maryland, prince george's is on its way to a new casino. the amendment passed, which will bring table games to maryland's existing casi
Nov 2, 2012 4:30am EDT
wisconsin, colorado and nevada. and those are his first events since sandy struck. mitt romney will spend part of today in ohio. he will start the day in wisconsin. he'll deliver what aides call his closing argument. from there, he heads to ohio and rallies in columbus, and cincinnati. >>> today, your last chance to vote early in maryland. polling centers open from 8:00 this morning until 9:00 tonight. early voting was supposed to end earlier this week. it was extended through earlier today since polling centers were closed monday and tuesday. vote early through tomorrow in the district. polling centers open until 9:00 p.m. today and tomorrow. >>> good news for new yorkers in the dark after hurricane sandy. con edison, the utility company that serve much of manhattan says power should be fully restored by tomorrow. a quarter million businesses and homes are without power. many of them near manhattan, meals and bogs battled bottled will be distributed. >> yesterday, the mta reopened the system with limited service, stations jammed with people trying to board, leaving many no-to-call for mo
Nov 1, 2012 6:00am EDT
, nevada, and colorado before ending the day in ohio. the president has not campaigned in three days, as he could joefr see the government's response to sandy. >>> you can expect more lines like this tonight in maryland, tomorrow as well. polling centers for early voting are open until 9:00 tonight. some voters say they waited for more than three hours yesterday to cast their ballots. early voting was postponed monday and tuesday because of sandy. governor martin o'malley extended voting through tomorrow and ordered polling centers to stay open three hours later. >>> in virginia, fairfax county is extending its in-person absentee voting hours. you can now vote from 8:00 in the morning until 8:00 at night. your last day to submit an in-person absentee ballot is saturday. voting centers will be open from 8:00 until 5:00. you can fandind a list at nbcwashington.com. >>> how president obama and mitt romney both made a little girl cry. >>> plus, stunning video of a double disaster. firefighters battling flames and hurricane sandy at the same time. >>> a cold start to your november and we're keep
Nov 1, 2012 4:30am EDT
. the president will first stop in wisconsin for a rally in green bay. from there, he heads to nevada and a campaign event in las vegas. he'll also head to denver this evening before flying all the way out to ohio late tonight. >>> mitt romney will spend the day in virginia. he has campaign events scheduled in roenick, virginia beach, and near richmond. romney was supposed to tour virginia on sunday but cancelled those plans ahead of sunday. recent polls show he and the president in virtual tie in the commonwealth. >>> calls for help, the rescues caught on camera as flooding took over the jersey coastline. >>> still ahead, the flames that destroyed homes as hurricane sandy moved inland. >>> and will we see more sunshine? yo >>> take a look at all this snow in the great smoky mountains. two more feet fell in tennessee. earlier in the week, rangers say the area you recally gets four inches of snow this time of year. hurricane sandy caused more snowfall in the past week. >> let's take a live look outside. it's just 46 degrees out there. chilly. this is a live look at the national harbor.
Nov 1, 2012 5:00am EDT
will visit wisconsin, colorado, and nevada. they will be his first campaign stops since focusing his attention on sandy, and that break might have actually helped him in this hotly contested presidential race. tracy potts is live on capitol hill now with more. good morning. >> reporter: we haven't seen the president out on the campaign trail since last weekend. take a look. back then, speaking and shaking hands, but today, we're going to see that again, as you said, in three different states. we've got some new poll numbers that show the president still in a very tight race with governor romney. nbc says he's up by six in iowa, but only three and two respectively in wisconsin and new hampshire, all of those within the margin of error. reuters, quinnipiac, some other big polls showing the same thing, especially in virginia and in florida. too close to call in those states, i should say. in those states, they're calling it a tie. meantime, governor romney is spending entire day today in virginia. we'll see if he has the same toned down message that he had during three stops in florida
Nov 6, 2012 5:00am EST
. if the president, for example, wins nevada, and he wins iowa, and he wins pennsylvania, and mitt romney then wins colorado, new hampshire, and florida, that leaves three toss-ups. that's wisconsin, ohio, and virginia. if the candidates split ohio and wisconsin, that leaves virginia. and that could be the key to reach the 270 electoral votes needed to win. and the final nbc news/wall street journal poll has the candidates in a statistical dead heat in that race. >>> apparently, today's election will not be the big talk around the water cooler today in our office. really nice job, eun. >> are you laughing at me? >> no. that was well done. about two-thirds of american workers say they don't share their political affiliation at the office. and more than a quarter of workers say they need to keep their political beliefs a secret around their colleagues. >>> have you threatened to leave the country if your candidate doesn't win? jet blue can help you out with that. the airline is giving away 2012 seats to customers who support the losing presidential candidate. that's 1,006 round trip flights. you can
Nov 6, 2012 6:00am EST
-up. if the president wins nevada, iowa, and pennsylvania, and mitt romney then wins colorado, new hampshire, and florida, that leaves three toss-ups. that's wisconsin, ohio, and virginia. if the candidates split ohio and wisconsin, that leaves virginia. that could make virginia the key to the 270 electoral votes needed to win. and the recent polls have the candidates at a statistical dead heat in that state. >>> right now the polls are already open in virginia. we've seen long lines all over the area ready to cast their ballots. news 4's megan mcgrath is live in alexandria with more on that. megan, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, aaron. you just heard eun explaining just how important virginia may be in this election. the way virginia goes may be the way the country goes in the presidential election. there is a lot of interest in this race. we're here at a polling place in alexandria. just a lot of activity here this morning. there were actually people waiting in line beginning at 4:30 this morning. theyn't wanted to make sure th got in this morning before they headed out to work.